COVID-19: Bane of the Rich?
I have always observed the covert #hatred of Nigeria’s poor masses for the rich. The reason is not unrelated to the fact that an average #wealthy Nigerian has the history of his wealth connected to his/her link with the government, and since the masses see the government as their oppressors instead of their leader, their hatred for wealthy Nigerians is further deepened.
This hatred has again become very obvious with the ongoing #pandemic ravaging most countries around the world. In many quarters, the Nigerian masses have labelled it the #sickness of the rich and #corrupt Nigerians.
They have christened it a #curse that has befallen the rich for all the #atrocities they have committed.
This mindset of poor Nigerians, which can be explained as an unwritten rule that the poor are #holy while the rich are #devilish and hell bound is as old as I can remember.
Far back in my early years in junior secondary school, I had a friend who shared with me his belief that we would inherit the houses of the wealthy people that resides in G.R.A.
In his words, “all these rich people will burn in hell, while we will inherit their houses and God will turn the earth into a paradise”.
He made mention of a particular wealthy man in Benin city who owned houses in G.R.A insisting he would be the one to inherit the man’s house. We would laugh over it, but subconsciously, we were building a negative mindset against wealth and wealthy people.
From my interaction with the masses in public places including the social media space, many Nigerians still see the pandemic as a #bane exclusive for the rich. The calibre of those affected in the country is not also helping matter, as it seems to be fueling this assumption.
I read Gov. #Seyi Makinde’s interview, and I can confidently say that if his intention of making his coronavirus result public is really as stated in that interview, then it is getting the opposite result. He said he wants the public to believe that the disease is real, but the public knows the disease is real. What they do not know, or perhaps, what they are yet to believe is that the poor masses in the street can be affected too.
Take a look at the response of Nigerians when #Abba Kyari was announced as positive, when El Rufai, Bala Mohammed, and when others in prominent government positions were expecting their results too, a vast majority of the masses were literally #celebrating. They saw coronavirus as the Godsent #revolution needed to wipe away the leaders they have labelled as the problem of the country.
The #National Orientation Agency (NOA) should as a matter of urgency adjust the #sensitization campaign and focus more on the #grassroots. They should let the people know that #non-politicians are contracting the disease too and that ‘#coro’ does not segregate between the rich and the poor, neither does it prefer a particular colour or race.
Until the Nigerian masses learn to take responsibility for their health in these trying times, only then can we be truly safe. Else, the tsunami that is coming might overwhelm us all.
Stay Home, #Stay_Safe!
Don’t be fooled with some #corrosive anointing mouth making #pastors.
And above all, don’t be blinded by #self-hate for wealthy people. Life is per head, #safeguard yourself!
Happy Compulsory Annual/Sick Leave…🤪🤪
Social Observer writes from Benin City.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.